Sunday, January 24, 2016

op ed review 1/24

Cover story in National Review, penned by 21 conservative columnists, calling Donald Trump a “menace to American Conservatism.”
TRUMP FIRES BACK: Magazine 'dying, dying'...
RNC Strips National Review of Debate Hosting Gig After Cover Story Attacking Trump
“Donald Trump is poised for the strongest primary performance in modern history”
According to a just-released poll, in a 12 person Republican primary, Donald Trump is blowing the pack away in Florida with a +32 point lead over the number 2 choice.
Sarah Palin:   all in for Trump 
A McCain senior adviser blasted former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s endorsement of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as “just classless”
Global elite fear Trump.
“Evangelicals See Donald Trump as Man of Conviction, if Not Faith”
Trump touted his faith at Liberty University on Monday, telling the conservative college that Christians have to ban together because their religion "is under siege."

At least one Hollywood superstar and a barefoot monk – braved the cold and snow Friday to join the 2016 March for Life in Washington on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Some mainstream media publications, such as CBS News, chose not to cover the big event, and still others downplayed the size of the turnout.
March for Life buoyed by young people opposing abortion in increasing numbers

Hillary Clinton Email Said to Include Material Exceeding ‘Top Secret’
Former Sec Def Robert Gates: 'Odds Are Pretty High' Russia, China, And Iran Accessed Hillary's Server...

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton by a wide margin, 60 percent to 33 percent, in New Hampshire heading into the February 9 primary, according to a poll released Tuesday.
“Berserk Clinton Bigwigs Launch Nixonian Attack Against Surging Sanders.”
Democrats backing Hillary Clinton, nervously eyeing Senator Bernie Sanders’s growing strength in the early nominating states, are turning to a new strategy to raise doubts about his candidacy, highlighting his socialist beliefs to warn that he would be an electoral disaster who would frighten swing voters and send Democrats in tight congressional and governor’s races to defeat.

Two new polls released in the past week show women won’t be voting in droves for Hillary Clinton the way African-Americans voted in droves for President Obama.

IRS Erases Hard Drive Despite Court Order

Obama vacation expenses:  $10 million per year for each year he has been in office.

The Obama administration paid the Iranian regime $340 million for each US hostage released by Iran. Another brilliant deal by the Obama administration. No need to worry. Iran will likely spend the extra millions on education and child care.
Days after Iran received hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief from the controversial nuclear deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday admitted a good portion of the massive funds will go to terror.
???  John Kerry declares Obama’s work with Iran a success: ‘The world is a safer place today”

More fundamental transformation:  The US Navy is planning to make job titles gender-neutral - putting the future of long-established names like ´midshipman´ in doubt.

‘El Chapo’ Drug Kingpin Had a Rifle From Federal ‘Fast & Furious’ Program

Wall Street Journal Editorial  1/19

It’s time to take  Bernie Sanders seriously. The Vermont Senator is leading in Iowa and New Hampshire and in Sunday’s debate he sounded for the first time like a candidate who thinks he can win. He still isn’t the favorite against the Clinton machine, but it’s no longer impossible to imagine the 74-year-old socialist as the Democratic nominee.

It’s fashionable to describe Mr. Sanders as the progressive version of  Donald Trump, but that is true only in that they both tap into public dissatisfaction with the status quo. Mr. Trump has populist instincts but few fixed ideological principles. Mr. Sanders is a true-blue man of the left. He would be the most left-wing Democratic nominee since  George McGovern in 1972, but his economic agenda is more radical and hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since the 1930s.

This week he rolled out his Medicare-for-all plan that would end private health insurance. Mr. Sanders can see the public frustration with ObamaCare and wants to turn it to the left. The Vermont Senator also wants to make college and child care into universal entitlements paid for by the government, spend $1 trillion on public works, raise the minimum wage nationwide to $15 an hour (from $7.25) and greatly expand Social Security benefits.

Mr. Sanders would also use government to control the means of production, as the socialists used to say, starting with the banks. He would break up the largest via a “21st century Glass-Steagall” that suggests something far more ambitious than merely dividing investment from commercial banking. He says climate change is his main national-security concern, and he has called for a criminal investigation of climate dissenters.

His many tax increases would include a sharply higher rate for high earners that he doesn’t specify, though he does often speak fondly of the tax rates of the pre-Reagan (70%) and New Deal (94%) eras. He’d introduce a new payroll tax for the middle class to pay for universal health care and eliminate the income cap on the Social Security payroll tax (now $118,500) on earnings above $250,000.

He also wants to impose a tax on Wall Street trading—he calls it “speculation”—of the kind that the French Socialists tried but couldn’t make stick because trades can be made anywhere in the world. This would all normally be politically suicidal, but Mr. Sanders is using his candor about raising taxes as a badge of progressive authenticity.

This may sound like the stuff of socialist dreams, but Mr. Sanders has already moved the Democratic debate sharply to the left, forcing  Hillary Clinton to chase him. Her policy response has been to do a partial Bernie, which is to the left of President Obama on most domestic issues.

Mrs. Clinton remains the front-runner, and unlike in the GOP there really is a powerful Democratic establishment of unions, green lobbies and feminists that has rallied behind her. Her argument is that she has the best chance to win in November, but that case was more persuasive a year ago than it is now.

The Clinton campaign feels the threat because the media left has done a hairpin turn on Bernie. He was fine as the lovable old left-wing uncle, but Hillary’s acolytes suddenly find him too, well, socialist. Bernie has the courage of their convictions, and his appeal is he’s more honest about it.

Mr. Sanders has also begun to mention, ever so gingerly, her ethical and Wall Street vulnerabilities. On Sunday he said “you’ve received over $600,000 in speaking fees from  Goldman Sachs  in one year.” And what happens if the FBI recommends some legal action as a result of her mishandling of classified email information? Another Democrat might want to get into the race, but it could be too late.

Many Republicans claim to welcome a Sanders nomination on the assumption he’d be easy to beat. But don’t be so sure, at least not this year. As the question nearby from the latest WSJ/NBC poll shows, Republican front-runner Donald Trump loses to Mr. Sanders by 15 percentage points among registered voters. Mr. Trump loses to Mrs. Clinton by only 10 points in the same survey.

Such polls are unreliable so far from Election Day, but they could influence Democratic perceptions of electability. If it looks as if Republicans might nominate Mr. Trump or  Ted Cruz, could more Democrats become more convinced that they can afford to indulge their true hearts and vote for Mr. Sanders?

It’s also possible, perhaps even likely, that if Messrs. Sanders and Trump or Cruz are the nominees, then a third-party candidate would enter the race. Maybe billionaire former New York Mayor  Michael Bloomberg would get in, or perhaps a more conventional Republican. Mr. Sanders might have an even better chance to win in a multicandidate race. And if the GOP splits in two, the political check of a Republican House could also be in jeopardy.

We aren’t predicting this. But in a campaign that has already busted normal American political conventions, the possibility of an extreme election outcome is no longer unthinkable.


3 Stunning Indictments of Obama and Hillary in Benghazi Movie


A Pakistani boy says he has no regrets about cutting off his own hand after being accused of blasphemy. "Why should I feel any pain or trouble in cutting off the hand that was raised against the Holy Prophet?"

Bernie’s radical past¨ In July 1985, Bernie Sanders traveled to Nicaragua, where he attended an event that one wire report dubbed an “anti-U.S. rally.” The leftist Sandinista government was celebrating the sixth anniversary of the revolution that saw it take power from an American-backed dictator, Anastasio Somoza. Sanders was in a crowd estimated at a half million people, many of whom were clad in the Sandinistas’ trademark red-and-black colors and chanting “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die.”

Top Democrat Donor Tom Steyer Won’t Endorse Clinton

Venezuela Inflation to Surpass 700% this year.

A Kent State professor long known for fiery anti-Israel rhetoric is under investigation for alleged links to ISIS,

Portland Community College has designated April "Whiteness History Month" (WHM), an "educational project" exploring how the "construct of whiteness" creates racial inequality. Whiteness "does not simply refer to skin color[,] but [to] an ideology based on beliefs, values, behaviors, habits, and attitudes, which result in the unequal distribution of power and privilege based on skin color."


Former Harvard President Larry Summers: 'Creeping Totalitarianism' on College Campuses.  “…a great deal of absurd political correctness.”

"[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."
                 -Stonewall Jackson

Saturday, January 9, 2016

op ed review 1/10

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will recommend that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and various of her aides, and soon. The evidence consists of materials that the Bureau has gathered in the course of its months-long investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s personal server. The charges will consist of some of the following: 1. Improper disclosure or retention of classified information. 2. Destruction of government records. 3. Lying to federal agents. 4. Lying under oath. 5. Obstruction of justice. All the counts are familiar to those of us who have followed the Clintons for a quarter of a century,
Bombshell: In Email, Hillary Ordered Aide to Strip Classified Marking and Send Sensitive Material
“A Hillary indictment would ….virtually guarantee a landslide win for any Republican, Trump included. While I respect DiGenova and Tyrrell, I'm not a buyer.  Obama won't let it happen.  He'd rather take the heat from FBI director Comey's resignation.  Nixon fired Archibald Cox, and Obama can fire anybody who wants to indict Hillary.

Donald Trump says the nuclear deal with Iran is so bad, he is close to wondering whether it was done poorly on purpose. “It’s almost like there has to be something else going on,”

Nearly 20 percent of likely Democratic voters say they'd cross sides and vote for Trump, while a small number, or 14 percent, of Republicans claim they'd vote for Clinton.

One of Obama’s “fundamental transformations”:  Islam Set To Become The Second-Largest Religion In America By 2040.
The number of U.S. newborns named "Mohammed" has jumped 100-fold since 1964, one way of determining the growth of second and third generation Muslims, according to a leading immigration watchdog.

Philadelphia Suspect Says He Shot Officer In Name Of Islam
But the Philadelphia Mayor comes to the defense of Islam…. “does not represent the teachings..”

“Climate Change Expert “Jailed for Conning EPA out of $900K

Obama Urges Citizens to Stand Up Against the National Rifle Association
Obama´s gun control lies  Obama´s speech alternated between effeminate weeping,  pleading, and sanctimonious, holier-than-thou indignation  as he presented a litany of falsehoods.
AP Analysis: Obama Executive Actions Wouldn’t Have Prevented Mass Shootings
Texas governor challenges Obama to ´come and take´ the Lone Star state´s guns as the president prepares to take executive action
Donald Trump is challenging Hillary Clinton to “disarm” her bodyguards to demonstrate she doesn’t need guns for protection.
Record number of gun background checks in '15...44 every minute...
A north Texas gun seller is praising the president’s speech, not because of the message… but because of what it will do to his bottom line. “Obama is the best gun salesman since Samuel Colt. Every time he opens his mouth and tries to limit gun purchase, it has the complete opposite effect.”

Hillary Clinton LASHES OUT at Rape Survivor at NH Town Hall – After Questions About Husband Bill

Exclusive: Trump Is Correct — Obama Has Been Featured In Terror Recruiting Videos

On Tuesday, Aetna, the third largest health insurance company in the country, announced it was quitting America’s Health Insurance Plan,(AHIP), the powerful lobbying group for the health insurance industry. “There’s a sense that AHIP has become a one-trick pony for the Obama administration,” especially in relation to advancing ObamaCare.”

Obama Floods The U.S. Job Market With Foreign Competition
Can’t find a job?  17% of jobs now held by immigrant workers...

Obama’s Pass from the Press  1/6
Noemie Emery

Sometime in the spring of 2007, something strange happened to the Iraqi coverage in the national media — it disappeared. Or rather, as soon as the news ceased to be bad, the media lost interest in covering it. It was not till July, when Michael O'Hanlon reported back from the front that the surge had been working, that the world started to realize what happened. To them, the fact that George W. Bush had succeeded in something was what the press couldn't bear to believe.

Something of the sort is happening now in reverse regarding the current Middle East crises, which make Iraq in 2006 seem calm in comparison. This time the press, which can no longer deny that the world has been going to hell since Barack Obama started unleashing his peacemaking powers, is doing its best to insulate him completely from any possible blame for it all. Where Bush was asked every day if he regretted invading Iraq, Obama is never asked if he thinks leaving Iraq had something to do with the chaos engulfing the region, or the vulnerability of citizens here and in Europe to Islamic State-inspired attacks.

And while Bush was held responsible for every last casualty that occurred anywhere while he held office, Obama is absolved from responsibility for the massacres, rapes and enslavement of innocents that have followed his numerous foreign policy blunders — given a pass as the victim of forces he did not enable and disasters he didn't create.

"Be very glad we don't have a Republican president," Walter Russell Mead told us in May of last year, warning that if such were so we would be enduring a "merciless media pounding" on the series of "failures, mistakes, and false starts" that have been our lot since Obama took office. Instead, we have a Democrat who is allowed by the press to fail quietly, discreetly, and off center stage. Thus, into a second year of beheadings and horror, we see headlines like "Attacks Don't Shake President's Faith in Patient Strategy" (Washington Post); "Speech Was a Plea for Patience and National Unity" (New York Times); and "Obama Addresses a Shifting Landscape," (Washington Post), suggesting support for a put-upon leader facing conditions he never expected to meet.

"His decision to speak on the terrorist threat … days after the deadly attack in San Bernardino…reflects a broad concern in the White House that Americans … distracted by the overheated cacophony of the campaign season, are not listening to him," wrote Greg Jaffe, as if that were the problem. "A Rational President in the Age of Anxiety" ran a column by David Ignatius, ignoring the fact that the anxiety was the result of the irrational acts on the part of the president. Was it rational to withdraw from Iraq, against the warnings of all of his generals? Rational to lay down red lines, which were always crossed over? Rational to diss Israel and our Arab allies, while handing the store to Iran?

When Bush ducked a shoe thrown at him by an Iraqi during a press conference in 2008, Eleanor Clift said that he might have deserved it for what he had done to that country by starting the war. By those standards, by letting the war start again after Bush ended it, what Obama deserves from Iraq (and from most of the rest of that suffering region) is a volley of combat boots. But none will be flung by the press of his country, in whose eyes he can do nothing wrong.


Young women are not as enthusiastic as older women are about Hillary Clinton because they just don’t care enough about the abortion issue, DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in an interview with The New York Times.

Myth of the ‘Moderate Muslim’

An Islamic State militant executed his mother in public in the Syrian city of Raqqa because she had encouraged him to leave the group.

BRITAIN'S newest political movement which has vowed to fight the "Islamification of the West" has marked its official launch today by announcing its first major rally. The walk is being organised in conjunction with PEGIDA branches across Europe and is centred on the theme "Save Our Country, Save Our Culture, Save Our Future".

Hollywood Gets Benghazi Right "This is a true story." Those words appear onscreen to open 13 Hours, the major motion picture about Benghazi, in theaters on January 15. And with them, director Michael Bay announced that he is taking sides in the long-running debate over the attacks there on September 11, 2012. For three years, the White House and its defenders in the media have characterized the Libya raids as a tragedy, a series of unfortunate events that were utterly unpreventable and for which no one is much to blame. Many of those who were on the ground in Libya, CIA contractors and diplomats alike,

Newt Gingrich:  “Understanding Donald Trump”

A quick run-down of Donald Trump´s positions

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country´s constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him. Scalia was speaking at a Catholic high school in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana. Scalia, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 is the court´s longest serving justice.

From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Clinton Scandal Primer

Noonan:  “Mr. Trump’s supporters don’t care if he’s classically conservative. Doctrinal purity is not the story this year. The GOP base is a big jumble. Democrats are likely less unified than they think……A new playbook is emerging while some contenders seem to be reading from the old playbook and wondering why the plays they’re calling aren’t working. Mr. Trump touched an important nerve in opposing the political correctness that has angered the American people for a quarter century. He changed the debate when he asked for a pause in Muslim immigration until America “can figure out what’s going on.” In the age of terror, that looked suspiciously like common sense. Americans do not want America to become what Europe is becoming……..It reflects badly on the party that Donald Trump—whom one journalist this week characterized as a guy running around with his hair on fire—had to become the party’s 2016 thought leader.”

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